Belfast Telegraph

Timeline of attacks, hoaxes and disruptions across Northern Ireland

OCT 30

Concerns over packages spark security alerts at the law courts in Belfast and in the grounds of Stormont.

OCT 29

Stormont evacuated after a suspect parcel addressed to Secretary of State Theresa Villiers is found in the post sorting room.

OCT 29

Bomb defused in the Village area of south Belfast. A number of families are forced to evacuate their homes.

OCT 28

Letter bomb sent to the Public Prosecution Service office in Londonderry. The building is evacuated.

OCT 25

Viable devices found in packages addressed to Chief Constable Matt Baggott and senior PSNI officer in Londonderry.

OCT 24

Discovery of suspicious object leads to evacuation of a number of homes in the Antrim Road area of Belfast.

OCT 23

Device thrown at a patrol in Mill Road, Newtownabbey. Hoax bomb and a viable device found in follow-up search.

OCT 18

B&M Bargains in Belfast city centre gutted in arson attack. Dissident group Oglaigh na hEireann claims responsibility.

OCT 18

Dissidents abandon bomb in Lurgan close to special school. Nursery school evacuated in security alert in Holywood.

OCT 14

M1 shut for eight hours as Army bomb officers examine a suspicious vehicle on off-slip.

OCT 12

Traffic disrupted as controlled explosions are carried out on two suspicious objects found at Kennedy Way in Belfast.

OCT 11

Mortar bomb discovered close to Londonderry's main police station following a major security alert in the city.

OCT 10

Barry McCrory, aged 35, shot dead by gunman who entered his girlfriend's flat in Shipquay Street, Londonderry.


Residents forced to leave their homes because of a hoax bomb alert in the Silverstream Road area of north Belfast.


Dissidents murder father-of-four Kevin Kearney in broad daylight as he walks his dogs through a north Belfast park.


Families in Finaghy flee their homes during security alert. East Belfast office of MP Naomi Long also targeted by hoaxers.


Finaghy residents forced out of their homes for 24 hours after bomb hoax.

SEP 25

UVF are blamed for shooting 24-year-old Jemma McGrath in the lower abdomen, hips and knees in Lord Street Mews, east Belfast.

SEP 20

Around 50 people evacuated from their homes in the Markets area of Belfast after object resembling a pipe-bomb is found.

SEP 12

Ammunition cache found at Forkhill, south Armagh, after a tip-off. Security operation that follows lasts all day.

SEP 11

Dissidents leave pipe-bomb close to primary school in west Belfast. Hoax bomb sparks alert at Ballyclare police station.

SEP 10

Pipe-bomb found at TA base in south Belfast. Controlled explosions carried at Palace Barracks, Holywood, and north Belfast.


Controlled explosion is carried out on suspicious object near Dunadry, Co Antrim.

AUG 27

Mortar device found outside Cullyhanna, south Armagh. Army experts carry out controlled explosions.

AUG 23

One of the biggest weapon hauls in recent years – 16 guns and 800 rounds of ammunition – seized by police in Castlereagh.

AUG 16

Pipe-bomb sparks alert at Ballymena Showgrounds during stock car racing. Almost 700 people are evacuated.

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